We can’t wait for you to join the ESS family!

Current SDP Substitutes

We are pleased to announce that SDP has appointed ESS to manage its substitute program effective July 1, 2022. It is our sincere hope that you will continue to substitute for the District by joining the SDP/ESS family.

We cannot thank the SDP’s substitutes enough for stepping in at a moment’s notice to ensure Philadelphia’s students experience continuity in academic and support services.

As of July 1, 2022 ESS begun managing the SDP Substitute Program. In order to work as a substitute within SDP, you must be employed by ESS.

How Can I Learn More and Apply with ESS?

The onboarding process consists of three easy steps, and the ESS team will be there to support you every step of the way.

Step 1: Sign Up and Attend a Virtual Onboarding Meeting

At this meeting, you’ll learn everything you need to know about transitioning to ESS. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with ESS employees, ask questions, learn about the company, and hear about all the amazing perks available to you. 

Click the Virtual Onboarding Meeting – Register button below to sign up for a meeting. After this virtual meeting, you will also need to attend an in-person session for Step 3: In-Person I-9 Processing & Photo ID Session.

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30 pm

Step 2: Apply Online and Complete Your Application

Click the Application – Apply button below to apply through our user-friendly online application. If additional information is needed during the application process, an ESS team member will be assigned to you after you apply. Substitute candidates must complete their application and I-9 documentation before attending the in-person meeting in Step 3.

Step 3: Sign Up and Attend an In-Person I-9 Processing & Photo ID Session

At this session, you will need to provide your proper forms of ID for I-9 verification and have your photo taken for your ESS badge.

Please make sure you have proper forms of ID to this I-9 processing session for verification. Click here for a list of the proper forms of ID for I-9 verification. Also, be sure you’ve completed your digital I-9 form during your application process prior to attending this meeting.



Additional Information

Prospective Substitutes
If you’re new to the School District of Philadelphia and you’re interested in working as a substitute teacher or support staff starting in the fall, Apply Now! Becoming a substitute is an exciting and rewarding way to give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of students.

Whether you’re a recent college graduate looking to work your way into a full-time teaching position, a retired teacher interested in getting back into the classroom, or anyone looking to make a positive contribution to the development of children, ESS has a place for you.

We offer excellent employee perks, including health benefits, training, support, weekly pay, 401(k), bonus opportunities, award programs, and more. Plus, working as a substitute is extremely flexible – when, where, and how often you work is entirely up to you. To work as a substitute in the School District of Philadelphia, you must pass all criminal background checks and meet the education requirements.



Pay Rates

 ESS, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, is pleased share the following pay rates for ESS Substitutes working within the School District of Philadelphia.

Philly Friends Referral
If you work for ESS or the School District of Philadelphia and you know someone who would make an excellent substitute teacher, we want to hear from you! Simply fill out our Philly Friends Referral form below. If your friend applies, gets hired, and meets the eligibility requirements, you’ll receive a $200 bonus. Click here to view program details.

Contact Information
Thank you for your patience during the transition. If you have any immediate questions, please email SDPSubs@ESS.com or call 215.261.5523.